Tire Failure During the Summer

The intense heat of summer increases the risk of punctures, blowouts, and heating in car tires. Do not forget to check the air pressure of your tires every two weeks. Keeping the maintenance of your vehicle in optimal conditions will help you enjoy driving anywhere during the summer.

Correctly inflated tires last longer and result in better fuel economy, handling, and braking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends checking tire pressure and looking for uneven tread wear patterns, cracks, foreign objects or other signs of wear or trauma.

As explained by AAA, the warm weather causes the air inside the tires to expand, which can cause worn wheels to burst. In a 2014 NHTSA report, in Florida and other Sunbelt states, tire failures caused by aging tend to appear in the summer months, during the day. The heat accelerates the decomposition of the rubber on your tires.

It was found that more than half of the vehicles on the road had at least one tire inflated insufficiently, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, and 85 percent of drivers do not know how to properly inflate their tires.

Tires should be checked when the car has not been driven recently and should be inflated to the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, not the number molded on the sidewall of the tire. The recommended tire pressures can be found in the owner’s manual.

A simple monthly check of your vehicle’s tires will save you money and could save your life by preventing an explosion, which could happen more easily in the summer heat.

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